The former coaches were dismissed after last season.
It is common for ESPN to hire former head coaches as television analysts, and they added two recently fired college hoops coaches to their staff today.
Ex-Indiana head coach Tom Crean and longtime Georgetown coach John Thompson III have been hired by the Worldwide Leader as analysts. They will serve as commentators on a number of broadcasts this upcoming season.
Another former coach, Jimmy Dykes, was also hired, as were former college stars Caron Butler and Robbie Hummel.
“Our roster is distinguished by a range of history, experience and personality that sets our product apart,” said ESPN coordinating producer David Ceisler in a press release. “We are so excited to add these new voices to our college basketball coverage.”
While Crean and JTIII fell out of favor at their respective schools, they do have track records of overall success as coaches.
Crean reached the Final Four with Marquette in 2003 and led Indiana to three Sweet 16’s, while Thompson took Georgetown to the Final Four in 2007.